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Frame: 2016 Allez E5
Groupset: Ultegra 6800 (50/34, 12-32T)
Wheels: 2016 Mavic Aksium Elite
Stem: Thomson (temporary, need a black one)
Bars: Easton EA70
Bottle cages: Elite Custom Race
I would be really careful about cooking any bike parts if it doesn't explicitly say it's ok. You could alter the grain structure to the point the stem could fail. If you want a permanent coating, send it to an anodization shop or just buy a black one.
Back on topic, that's a good looking bike. I am a bit surprised it's not a bit lighter.
Maybe WhiteInd hubs, double butted spokes and some new old stock Edge rims? If you want to stick with Mavic, Ksyrium Elite is not a bad choice, more aero than the Alu spoked Ksyriums and much cheaper.
I'd probably keep the silver just to be different, but if i was looking to save weight on a budget i wouldn't bother with the Thomson, as solid and precise a fit as it is.
The other thing holding you back on weight per dollar is probably the brakes, the newer brakes are better but noticeably heavier than a standard dual pivot due to the extra chunky carrier behind the pivots.
Random questions, looks like a weird fit with the amount of seatpost and short stem. From the Picture it looks like a 80mm or something very short.
That's the noise that my BB30 BB with adapters for Shimano cranks pressed in makes. Is it time to plump for a Praxis BB? The clicking is insufferable at the moment. Everything else is grand. Really happy with the bike. May get some slightly better/lighter wheels in future. These Mavic Aksium Elites flex a little while climbing and rub on the pads at the rear.
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